Role-based access control (RBAC) provides a way to add multiple users and restrict their access to specific platform resources. In addition to the system
readonly users, you can utilize pre-built roles to control access to platform operations, deployment assets, or API calls.
Implementing RBAC in your environment benefits you in several ways:
- Streamlines the process of assigning or updating privileges for users as a group, instead of painstakingly managing individual users.
- Limits access to just what’s needed for that user’s job function, isolating company assets.
- Assists with compliance to security and data standards or laws.
Adds multiple users by:
Before you beginedit
To prepare for RBAC, you should review the Elastic Cloud Enterprise limitations and known issues.
Available roles and permissionsedit
Beyond the system users, there are several pre-built roles that you can apply to additional users:
- Platform admin
Same access as the
- Platform viewer
Same access as the
readonlysystem user, which includes being able to view secret and sensitive settings.
- Deployment manager
Can create and manage non-system deployments, specify keystore security settings, and establish cross-cluster remote relationships. They can also reset the
- Deployment viewer
- Can view non-system deployments, including their activity. Can prepare the diagnostic bundle, inspect the files, and download the bundle as a ZIP file.
Configure security deploymentedit
The security deployment is a system deployment that manages all of the Elastic Cloud Enterprise authentication and permissions. It is created automatically during installation.
We strongly recommend using three availability zones with at least 1 GB Elasticsearch nodes. You can scale up if you expect a heavy authentication workload.
If you have authentication issues, you check out the security deployment Elasticsearch logs.
Change the order of provider profilesedit
Elastic Cloud Enterprise performs authentication checks against the configured providers, in order. When a match is found, the user search stops. The roles specified by that first profile match dictate which permissions the user is granted—regardless of what permissions might be available in another, lower-order profile.
To change the provider order:
- Log into the Cloud UI.
- Go to Users and then Authentication providers.
- Use the carets to update the provider order.
Changing the order is a configuration change and you can’t make changes to other providers until it is complete.
Change the user settingsedit
Platform admins and users can access user settings. Full name, contact email, and updating the password can be changed by either. The username cannot be changed. The platform admin can also assign roles and disable users.
- For platform admins, the user settings are editable from the Users page.
- For users, they can edit their profile from the Settings page.